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Orlando shooter Omar Mateen's 911 call transcript finally released: But timeline doesn't add up

Orlando police have released a transcript of the 911 call where Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and said the attack was retribution for airstrikes against the terrorist group.

Comment: Another source of the transcript may be found here. Now, according to the official transcript....

The first phone call comes at 2:35 a.m., when the shooter says "this is Mateen. I want to let you know I'm in Orlando and I did the shooting."

He then refuses to say his full name, says that he killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in response to U.S. military presence in Iraq and Syria, and says that he should be called "soldier of god."

A crisis negotiator in later phone calls at 2:48 a.m. and 2:56 a.m. tried to get information about what weapons Mateen had and whether there was anyone else with him.

Comment: Some questions to ask are, first of all, why now? Why did it take the Orlando police over three months to release these transcripts? Why did it require a lawsuit from media groups, as the article mentions - to compel the police to finally release it? And Is there anything in the transcripts which suggest that the horrible events in Orlando are not as they were presented?

In a word, yes. From this article we learn that no one at Pulse nightclub died until 5:13 in the morning:
What should have been front page news everywhere, somehow got buried amid the official narrative we were given about the Orlando shooting. Judge Andrew Napolitano told FOX News that an FBI transcript indicated that no one died until 05:13am Sunday morning when the police SWAT teams entered the building.

"Here's what is news in the summary - nobody died until 05:13 in the morning, when the SWAT team entered. Prior to that no one had been killed. The 53 that were injured, and the 49 that were murdered all met their fates at the time of, and during, the police entry into the building," Judge Napolitano said.

Consider that the narrative we have been given was that Omar Mateen entered the club around 02:00am on Sunday morning to begin his killing spree, so why was no one actually killed until 05:13am, over three hours later?

So, this makes one question why the 911 call transcripts are being redacted and why the people are not being told the truth across the media about what really took place.

We have been told that 5 to 6 police officers were already in the club for 15 to 20 minutes or more prior to the SWAT teams' entering.

So, what is the truth here? Some claim that 05:13am is the time of death, but how is that when that suspect was not even down until 05:15am? Could it be that some of the people in the club were shot by the SWAT team or by Mateen? With nearly 50 people dead and more wounded, how was Mateen able to get off that many shots? I'm really curious.


f that was not enough, police officers have even admitted that they may have killed some of the people. WFAA reports:
Monday, Orlando Police Chief John Mina and other law enforcement officers offered new details about the shooting, including the possibility that some victims may have been killed by officers trying to save them.

"I will say this, that's all part of the investigation," Mina said. "But I will say when our SWAT officers, about eight or nine officers, opened fire, the backdrop was a concrete wall, and they were being fired upon."

A law enforcement source close to the investigation who asked not to be named said a crowd of up to 300 people and the complex layout of the dance club may have resulted in some patrons being struck by gunfire from officers.
And if this doesn't jive with the lone crazed Islamic gunman theory that's been shoved in our faces, or at least the idea that Mateen wasn't responsible for all the deaths, there is also this from one of the eyewitnesses at the club during the time of the shooting:
"There were so many (shots), at least 40... I saw two guys and it was constant, like 'pow, pow, pow'."


4 injured in shooting attack in Swedish city of Malmo, suspect at large

Stig Ake Jsnsson / Reuters
At least four people were injured in a shooting in the Swedish city of Malmo, according to police. Eyewitnesses told local media they heard at least 20 gunshots, while police say the shooting suspect is still on the run.

The shooting happened at about 7 p.m. local time (1700 GMT). Media reports on the issue differ. Some local media say that a man in an Audi opened fire on a crowd at a local football derby, citing eyewitnesses.

At the same time, Expressen newspaper reports that several gunmen on motor scooters opened fire on a car they were chasing through a neighborhood in the southern part of the city.

Police confirmed the shooting and said that four people were injured in the incident, one of them seriously, without giving any further details.

"We have an ongoing operation in the area and have confirmed shootings with more than one injured," a police spokesman, Ewa-Gun Westford, told local media.


Cleveland: 7 people dead in one day from suspected heroin overdoses

Authorities were trying Sunday to discover the types of drugs involved in a spate of overdoses that killed seven people in the Cleveland area a day earlier.

The deaths Saturday was the latest outbreak of drug overdose deaths in Ohio.

Tests were being conducted to figure out which drugs were involved, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson said. Officials suspect they were either heroin or fentanyl.

"This cluster of deaths is deeply concerning," Gilson said in a statement. "Although there is no clear link between the individuals, this number clearly raises the possibility of a very deadly drug in our community."

He issued a warning to take extreme caution while also advising people not to use illicit drugs.

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Bad Guys

Lying cops exposed after video shows them severely injure man by sadistically tasering him in the back

Carlos Seals was harming no one and being entirely compliant when Richmond County deputies deployed a taser into his back causing him to fall backward and hit his head. Seals was severely injured during the fall and was forced top pay for his own medical treatment after deputies lied and said he deserved it.

According to the initial police report, deputies claimed Seals was being combative and would not comply. While Seals admitted to using profanity, the video shows he was not at all combative.

According to the police report, one of the deputies deployed his stun gun, but it didn't connect. It goes on to say that Seals is still combative so the deputy writes he reached for his stun gun and it connected. However, this was simply not true.

This attack happened on Aug. 30, 2015, and Seals has yet to receive a single penny for his more than $20,000 in medical expenses.

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  • Video showing police kill innocent unarmed father with his hands up

Book 2

Henry Giroux on a United States at war with itself: "We no longer live in a democracy"

© Jared Rodriguez / Truthout
To transform our society into a democracy, we first have to dismantle the myth of democracy as currently defined.
"Too many people today accept the notion that their fate is solely a matter of individual responsibility, irrespective of wider structural forces," writes cultural critic and theorist Henry A. Giroux, in his new book, America at War with Itself. "This much promoted ideology, favored by the rich, suggests that human relations boil down to competition and combat. People today are expected to inhabit a set of economic relations in which the only obligation is to fight for one's own self-interest." This troubling trend is not only profoundly anti-democratic, but also works to eliminate structural, systemic and social concerns from public discourse, creating what Giroux has described as "organized powerlessness."

In the following interview, Giroux - a professor for scholarship in the public interest at McMaster University and a member of Truthout's board - explains the background to the war metaphor and deconstructs its everyday use in the US. Finally, he evokes a politics of possibility which begins by making visible the linkages among a vast array of issues that undermine democracy.


Powerful blast injures 2 in Budapest explosion, police evacuate central area

© Zoltan Szabo / YouTube
A powerful blast struck a central area of the Hungarian capital Budapest late Saturday. Footage on social media shows a large police presence at the Oktogon intersection. Witnesses have reported several casualties.

At least two people have been injured in the blast, Hungarian Blikk daily reported, citing local emergency services.

Comment: Update: Budapest explosion: Attempted homicide against police officers, manhunt underway - prosecutor
The explosion that left two officers injured in Budapest late Saturday specifically targeted police forces, Hungary's national police chief, Karoly Papp, said at a press conference. He added that the man behind the blast is still at large.

Papp told Hungarian media that he has "no doubt" that police officers were explicit targets of the Saturday blast, adding that the alleged perpetrator was planning to "execute" the officers.

At the same time, the police chief did not confirm that the explosion was somehow related to terrorist activities, but stressed that all possible motives are still being considered at the current stage of the investigation.

Papp also said that police have been patrolling the area where the explosion occurred for the past 18 months. The route and the timing of the foot patrol were set, and the officers who were caught in the blast were not in the area merely by accident or out of coincidence.

The police chief also said that there was no proof that a specific police officer was targeted in the attack.

Police are now examining the footage from 145 CCTV cameras, Papp said, adding that several hundreds of police officers are also engaged in the manhunt for the suspected attacker. The police are offering 10 million forints ($37,000) for any information that leads to the arrest of the perpetrator.

According to police, the alleged perpetrator is a man in his early to mid-twenties and is approximately 170 centimeters tall. He was wearing a light-colored fisherman's hat, a dark jacket, blue jeans and running shoes. No photo or composite sketch of the suspect have been released so far.

The attacker detonated an improvised explosive device filled with nails on the ground floor of a store at the corner of Kiraly Utca (King Street) as police officers were passing by late on Saturday. A female officer sustained life-threatening injuries and remains in intensive care.

A male officer was also severely injured but is now in stable condition, Hungarian media report.


It was just a prank! Oklahoma mayor's husband caught on video participating in a KKK ceremony

© KOCO 5
Tulsa, Oklahoma is currently caught up in a struggle over racism and police brutality against people of color. With the shooting death of Terence Crutcher by police happening just a few months after Officer Robert Bates in Tulsa was sentenced to four years in prison for "mistaking" his gun for a Taser and shooting Eric Harris dead as he ran from police, tensions have reached a boiling point.

Less than a year ago, an Oklahoma mayor's husband was caught on film participating in a KKK ceremony that he insists was just a Halloween prank. Although Mayor Teresa Sharp of Lahoma, Oklahoma insisted that the stunt was just part of a Halloween costume, a burning cross in the background of the white-robed, hooded, torch-carrying men discounted those explanations.


Police footage of Keith Scott murder released

© Rakeyia Scott / AFP
This video frame grab obtained September 23, 2016,taken by Rakeyia Scott, courtesy of Curry Law Firm, shows the moments after the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Police bodycam and dashcam footage from the fatal shooting of African American Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte on Tuesday has been released to the public amid an ongoing investigation.

Dashcam footage shows Scott coming out of his car and walking backwards away from it until he is shot. It is unclear from the footage whether Scott is holding a gun in his hand.

The bodycam video filmed by a uniformed officer was muted for about 25 seconds, and no altercations or shots can be heard in that time. Scott is only visible in several fuzzy frames, with the head of an officer covering most of the view. Afterwards, he is already lying on the ground, bleeding.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) has also released a detailed statement providing a police account of Scott's shooting.


Gerard Depardieu: 'France is populated by imbeciles making wine and stinky cheese for tourists'

© DailyMail
Larger-than-life actor Gerard Depardieu said his homeland France is becoming a playground for foreigners 'populated by imbeciles making wine and stinky cheese'
When asked during the interview if he considers himself French, Depardieu told Corriere della Sera today: 'No, I'm a citizen of the world.

'France is likely to become a Disneyland for foreigners, populated by imbeciles making wine and stinky cheese for tourists.

'There is no more freedom, people are being manipulated.'

Depardieu also took a swing at the film industry saying, 'cinema doesn't exist any more.

'There is a world of entertainment and people, terrorised by the Americans, don't know any more which language to speak.'

'There are 10 stars and they are all American. 'Their films are crammed with special effects... and the rest of the world of cinema is struggling to exist,' he added during the interview on the occasion of the release in Italy of his autobiography Innocent.

Heart - Black

Palestinian 13-year-old shot in Duheisha last month detained and medically neglected

A 13-year-old Palestinian who was shot and seriously injured last month by Israeli forces during a raid into al-Duheisha refugee camp in Bethlehem, and then detained from his home on Tuesday, remained in a dire medical condition, local sources reported on Thursday.

Ramzi Abu Ajamiyeh was detained from his home two days ago, during massive military raids across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem when 40 other Palestinians were detained, including six other minors. The raid into al-Duheisha early Tuesday morning also sparked clashes during which two Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli fire.

Meanwhile, Ramzi was shot in both of his legs during a detention raid in the camp in the beginning of August, and he remained in a "difficult" medical condition as of Thursday as he was being held in Israel's Ofer military prison.

Local sources added that since the boy was shot, he has had to undergo six surgeries due to his injuries.